Gabriela Mistral's Struggle with God and Man : A Biographical and Critical Study of the Chilean Poet
Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) rose from poverty in the foothills of the Andes to become the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945. This volume provides both a detailed biography of the author and a careful analysis of her writing. Chronicling the personal, psychological, and social currents of Mistral's life and times, it addresses such topics as her finances, illness, and sexuality. Literary analysis considers the sacred and secular influences on Mistral's oevre, including Catholicism, the Hebraic tradition, Theosophy, and Buddhism. By recounting Mistral's intelligence and perseverance in overcoming her life's obstacles to reach the pinnacle of her field, this book establishes her as a model for Chileans and for humanity.
- Paperback | 296 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
- 30 Aug 2012
- McFarland & Co Inc
- Jefferson, NC, United States
"looks at secular and sacred dimensions of Mistral's life and work"--Reference & Research Book News; "an indispensable contribution"--Anales de Literatura Chilena; "Chile's...and Latin America's...first Nobel laureate in literature, Gabriela Mistral, absorbed in her life and writings Old and New Testament religiosity and studied and practiced Theosophy and Buddhism. In Dr. Taylor's new, enhanced work he skillfully penetrates these issues as he interweaves the broader context of her religious and human struggles with the latest research and writings. This work, undoubtedly, will aid our understanding of this complex personality and reveal her relevant sacred and secular message to a 21st century audience."--Pedro Pablo Zegers B., Director of the Writer's Archive and Curator of the Mistral Legacy, National Library of Chile.
About Martin C. Taylor
Martin C. Taylor has taught Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Nebraska. The former dean of the Panama Center of Nova Southeastern University, he is the author of several books and articles on Latin American Literature.